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Click above for high-res gallery of the 2010 Chevy Cruze

We've gotten a pretty good look at the 2010 Chevy Cruze already, but the model that had been making rounds in the U.S. was nothing more than a styling buck with no guts inside. Today, just a few hours ahead of the Paris Motor Show, General Motors has revealed the rest of the Cruze, including its interior, and we like what we see. The exterior looks crisp and shows off Chevy's latest design language, especially with the Malibu-esque face and sharp headlights. Everyone agrees that it's a step-up styling-wise from its Cobalt forebear. It's the interior that really shines, though. What appears to be a tweed-like fabric covers sweeping colored panels from the dash to the doors. Two large gauges, two smaller ones and a digital readout places the most important information front-and-center while a cluster of buttons sits just below a centrally-located LCD screen. Meanwhile, the center stack appears to be a fresh design, though any judgment on its ergonomics will have to wait.

We won't be getting the Cruze in the States until April 2010 as a 2011 model. When that finally happens, the Cruze will be powered by a 140-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which will somehow manage to achieve above 40 mpg on the highway. If you want it now, perhaps you should stop buying so many Cobalts. In Europe, sales will begin in March of 2009 with a range of gas and diesel powerplants.


[Source: GM]

PRESS RELEASE:

Chevrolet Cruze Revealed on the Eve of the Paris Motor Show

Paris – Today General Motors President and Chief Operating Officer Fritz Henderson and Ed Welburn, vice president of Global Design revealed the all-new Chevrolet Cruze at a special premiere event at the "Le Pavillon Dauphine", located in the heart of Paris.

The event was attended by approximately 350 journalists from around the world, who also saw the reveal of the Chevrolet Orlando show car and the European premieres of the Chevrolet Volt and Camaro.

Media and guests got a first-hand look at the arching roof-line of the Cruze that extends from the steeply raked windshield to its sloping rear pillars and short rear deck, bringing coupe-like proportions to a compact sedan.

"Tight panel-fits and shut lines, a restrained use of exterior trim, a dual bezel design on the headlamps, an integrated rear spoiler - everywhere your eye settles, there are fine details that add to that sense of substance and value," Ed Welburn said at the presentation of the Cruze.

Chevrolet's mantra that exciting design and value are not mutually exclusive is also reflected in the interior. It carries a new level of detailed execution, spaciousness, and appointments that stand out in the segment.

While putting emphasis on comfort, spaciousness and a sporty appeal, interior designers and engineers set a goal to create a cockpit environment that is harmonious, flowing and uniquely inviting to the senses.

"The interior must build a relationship with drivers. It's where they spend their time," says David Lyon, executive director of GM Interior Design. "Fabric is warm and inviting in ways plastics cannot be. It offers unique detail with fibers, colors and textures. Instead of limiting fabric to seats, we spread that warmth and luxury throughout the vehicle."

Another contributing factor to the refined look is an integrated center stack (ICS) design which houses the infotainment display, radio and HVAC controls. It eliminates traditional framing of these interfaces, resulting in a contemporary, flush and harmonious relationship between control heads and outlying surfaces.

Sales of the Chevrolet Cruze will start in Europe in March 2009, followed by other global regions. The arrival of the new compact vehicle spearheads a roll-out of new products for Chevrolet, expected to further propel the global growth of brand.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The button layout looks like it came from the new Accord, but toned down slightly. Looks excellent though. I hope they make an SS version. 2.0T maybe?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just to chime in, my first thought was that it was attractive and well laid out. It just seems to flow well and is a massive departure from the standard boring black plastic interiors. Its nice to see interiors get the same attention as exteriors.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm just happy seeing blue offered in a car interior again. I'm so tired of just black, grey, and beige.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is Europe getting this before we do!!!!????!!!!

      I can surmise two reasons
      1) Chevrolet is growing rapidly in Europe and GM wants to raise the brand's quality there.
      2) Cobalt is selling well and releasing it in Europe first where expectations are higher for small cars makes certain they have a better product for the states.
      3) Please let the delay be to certify a diesel for the USDM Cruze!
        • 6 Years Ago
        The only Chevys selling well in Europe are made in Korea.

        My father told me that once upon a time American cars were common and popular in Europe. But he's over sixty and has owned all kinds of weird car brands.

        Oh, just to make it perfectly clear, it has nothing to do with politics. It's all about prices, sizes and availability.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Inside and out, this car is gorgeous. GM may very well have Toyota and Honda beaten with this car.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Nice to see GM making such improvements. Earlier its small used to suck. Perhaps GM didn't want to sell many small cars earlier because the profit margins on them were lower than full size trucks and SUV's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cruze needs a lot to be visually desired (judging from the photos here). I like the Delta II platform though. Hope they keep the bigger 5-lug hubs. Hope it's easy to self-service simple things like changing the oil/filter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the car I am waiting on if they keep it true to form. I would love to see a small diesel in the 1.5L range as well, but time will tell on that one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Zamifer - what makes you think GM is getting a bail out? That money is a low interest LOAN, they have to PAY IT BACK. Get out from under your rock and read the news. Also, its not only GM that gets to use the money, its ALL auto manufacturers that build in the USA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well first, who are these idiots buying Cobalts? It would make sense to me to sell the Cruze now. If it's as good as everyone says it should sell a lot more than the Cobalt.

      And since when did GM adopt VWs sales strategy? Selling a car in Europe a year before it gets here.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, maybe GM's not going to sell the Cruze here now because they're selling every cobalt they make? It's kinda stupid to take a profitable vehicle off the market when by keeping it you can make the money to retool the factories for it's successor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK Here's a first...

      Bring this car to Australia GM, we dont have enough (medium) cars that look this good!! I was completely sold once I saw the interior. I am really liking what chevy have been doing of late!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love it. I'll take it in black with a 5-speed manual, please.

      Excellent job, GM!

      Also...have any of you wankers seen US auto sales lately? GM is downright SMART for delaying the Cruze intro a year or so...give us a chance to stabilize this crappy economy were in!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      dare I say...this car has sex appeal...I could see a bunch of young women buying this car (well atleast their dads will buy it for them)...like the cavalier of past..
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